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Prenatal Testing

One of the most common genetic medicine procedures used today is in prenatal testing. The two types of prenatal testing procedures are screenings and diagnostic tests. A screening test evaluates the likelihood of the fetus having certain genetic disorders. A diagnostic test takes a sample of cells from the fetus or placenta to determine whether the fetus has any genetic disorders.

 

Why is it performed?
Prenatal testing allows a medical profession to examine whether a fetus is affected by any genetic disorder that could compromise safe childbirth as well as the future health of the child. 

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